Military.com reports that the Marine Corps will soon begin testing new boots and socks for cold-weather temperatures ranging from -20 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures not covered by the current boot inventory. The existing Temperate Weather Marine Corps Combat Boot was designed for wear in temperatures of 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Extreme Cold Weather Vapor Barrier Boot was designed for wear in extreme temperatures— from -20 to -65 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Marine Corps Systems Command will award two contracts for two kinds of Intense Cold Weather Boots and Intense Cold Weather Socks. The Belleville Boot Company and Danner Boot Company will supply 1,000 pairs of boots each. Additionally, 25,000 pairs of Intense Cold Weather Socks will be supplied by FITS Technologies and Ellsworth & Company, respectively.
The MCSC’s Program Manager for Infantry Combat Equipment will conduct a field evaluation of the new boots and socks from December 2018 to March 2019. The evaluation aims to collect feedback from marines who will wear the prototypes at training centers in Fort McCoy and Norway.